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What does it mean if you cough up blood?

What does it mean if you cough up blood?

Serious symptom...: The most likely reason to cough blood is bronchitis but this symptom always requires an evaluation by a doctor because it could be due to malignancy. So, if you cough up blood, see your doctor asap. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more


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What does it mean if you're coughing up blood?

What does it mean if you're coughing up blood?

Means it is serious!: Coughing blood means you need to go see a doctor to find out the cause. It can be caused by a problem in the lungs. This can also be caused by a problem in the nose or throat. So you need toi be examined by a dcotor right away. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean if you start coughing up blood?

What exactly does it mean if you start coughing up blood?

Coughing Blood: Hematochezia is not a good sign. Get into the er now for an immediate evaluation. This is not something to be toyed with or taken lightly. It might be minor but it could be something major and it would be foolish to "wait it out." coughing up blood is a very significant symptom. ...Read more

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What does it mean if you cough up blood after you are stabbed?

What does it mean if you cough up blood after you are stabbed?

Injury: Usually coughing up blood after a stab wound to the chest is related to injury to the bronchial (airway) tree. Other possibilities would include rupture to a vessel (there are many in the chest) or damage to the heart (although this usually causes much more severe symptoms and is typically not associated with coughing up blood. A chest xray is imperative if you cough blood up after wound. ...Read more

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What does it mean if you cough up a bit of blood?

What does it mean if you cough up a bit of blood?

Serious symptom...: The most likely reason to cough blood is acute bronchitis but this symptom always requires an evaluation by a doctor because it could be due to malignancy. So, if you cough up blood, see your doctor asap. If you smoke, your doctor can help with smoking cessation. ...Read more

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If you cough up blood does it mean that you have throat cancer?

Possibilities...: The most common etiology of hemoptysis, coughing blood, is bronchitis. But, malignancy, including in the throat, lung, etc., is another possibility. So, hemoptysis always requires a work-up to rule out malignancy. See your doctor if you are experiencing hemoptysis. ...Read more

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What does it mean if you cough up black slime?

What does it mean if you cough up black slime?

See a doctor: It means you should see a doctor for further evaluation. Nothing else is recommended until you see a doctor to further evaluate since this is obviously not normal...Right? ...Read more

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What does it mean when you are coughing blood?

What does it mean when you are coughing blood?

Many possible causes: Per Mayo Clinic, possible reasons for coughing blood include: chronic bronchitis, bronchiectasis, Pulmonary Tuberculosis, Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lung cancer, cystic Fibrosis, pneumonia, abscess of lung, emphysema,pulmonary embolism, chest trauma, parasitic infections. See: http://www.mayoclinic.org/symptoms/coughing-up-blood/basics/causes/sym-20050934 ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean if you throw up blood after drinking?

What exactly does it mean if you throw up blood after drinking?

Dont drink: It means you shouldn't drink. The alcohol is damaging the lining of your stomach and making it bleed. You didn't mention how much your drank and in what period of time. Discuss this with your health care professional before proceding. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have headache when you cough?

What does it mean to have headache when you cough?

Difficult: There could be many different causes, but if you only have a headache when you cough, you may have a type of primary headache. How serious it is, and what it can be related to, need to be evaluated by a primary care provider, or perhaps even a specialist. Without more detail, it is difficult to say more. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean when you are spitting blood up when coughing?

Airway bleeding: This may be from the lungs or bronchus, or another sourse causing blood to enter the airway and produce a cough. Best to see an otolaryngologist to determine the exact cause. ...Read more

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What does it mean if you have a nasty cough and keep coughing up blood?

Need doctor ASAP!: Coughing blood, called hemoptysis, is a symptom that always requires an evaluation by a doctor. Hemoptysis can be due to bronchitis but it can also be a sign of malignancy so you need to be evaluated by a doctor today! if you are short of breath, go to the er! ...Read more

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What does it mean to cough blood?

Depend how much: If its a little bit in your phlegm then i would not worry about it. However if you are coughing up pure blood, then that is a sign of a serious disease. Many things can cause it, but most of them are bad. Tb, serious fungal infections, cancer, pulmonary embolism, arterial-venus malformation are a few. If you are coughing. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you hack up blood?

What does it mean when you hack up blood?

Blood: Depends - it can come from the airways, which sounds like what you are describing, or from the esophagus. If you have had a recent upper respiratory infection then this can be normal. If not however, you should see an M.D. for some more tests and workup . ...Read more

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If you cough green what does it mean?

If you cough green what does it mean?

Inflammation....: Green sputum, especially if acute onset, can be indicative of an infection like bronchitis or pneumonia. It can also be present with underlying inflammation of a non-infectious etiology. If it persists, see your doctor for evaluation, including a sputum culture, and treatment. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you spit up blood after smoking?

What does it mean when you spit up blood after smoking?

Not good: Either a direct irritation , an infection a damage on airways by the chronic irritation ora cancer get expert evaluation rigth away. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you find a blood clot when you poop?

What does it mean when you find a blood clot when you poop?

Possible hemorrhoids: Blood clots in stool are usually the result of bleeding in the lower or upper intestinal tract. Occasionally, blood clots in stool come from small hemorrhoids or minor tears in anal tissue. Any signs of blood in the stool should be cause for concern and investigated as promptly as possible. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you cough up brown mucus?

What does it mean when you cough up brown mucus?

Infection: Infection is most likely but both bacterial and viral infections can cause brown mucus. If this has been persistent, see your doctor. ...Read more